200A and 202 reproduction
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Muddlerminnow
I've been lurking here for a while, and should probably introduce myself--especially as I expect to put a WTB ad up before too long.  I probably shouldn't be here in the first place--I need another expensive hobby like a need a hole in the head.  I'm already into bamboo fly rods and vintage mechanical watches.  Colemans fit into my collecting ideas because they are, like the rods and watches, practical tools, well designed, and (usually) look good even when they are not out in the field doing the things they do best.  I'm glad I don't care much for Gold Bonds, though--they look like an expensive habit, lol.

Unlike a lot of folks, I don't have a garage, or even a basement: I live in a condo in a bloody big city.  So storage space is at a premium.  I suppose I could hang lanterns from the ceiling, but I also have a wife, and in the midst of a global pandemic, domestic tranquility is the primary goal. 

I'm still learning about models, and nuanced differences--trying to decide what I like.  The family (with son and dog) usually go to the Adirondacks for a few weeks every summer, so the lanterns I have and hope to acquire will get used there--though one can pack only so many when everyone is claiming space in the car, lol. 

Cheers,
mm
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Coast to Coast
Welcome.  This hobby is only as expensive as you make it.  Same concept with how much space it takes up.  Buy right and keep it tight.
-Bird- Milwaukee, WI.
“I don’t want another lantern, I just want the last one again”
ICCC#1776     The Coleman Blue‘s 243’s #143
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jph200
Welcome!

Since space is at a premium, you can always consider your needs (which I know that is you are doing), and could possibly look at getting for example one basic double mantle lantern, a single mantle lantern, and maybe one geared toward hiking, like the smaller Peak 1 type?  Depending on what you choose, they could also look cool at home on a shelf due to the different sizes, shapes, and colors.  

Here’s an example of a shelf in my living room:
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I’m in my mid-30s and one thing that I’ve found amusing is that when I camp with my friends and happen to bring along a single mantle 200A, everyone LOVES it.  I guess it’s the bulge-style globe or maybe just a classic shape but seriously I’ve picked up two of them on Facebook Marketplace this year simply to clean up and give to friends who like mine so much.  For whatever reason, it’s always a big hit at the campsite.
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GeorgiaBoy
Welcome from the great Southern State of Georgia.
ICCC Member #973 Richard Leyva - Lilburn,Ga
 Psalm 119:105 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path." 
" The Older I Get the Better I Was "
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Tigerfans2
Get a decent B or D for camping and get your sweety a nice CQ or BQ with a pretty shade
Coleman Slant Saver #58
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #8
Coleman Blues 243's #16
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Kansas John
Welcome from Kansas!  
John M. Lawrence, KS
ICCC #1431

Looking for a 214 kero and REI single burner anniversary stove as well as any Coleman born on date 10/77, 1/80
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rob_pontius
Welcome neighbor, from North Central Indiana. Lots of great folks here ( even more enablers ). Tons of knowledge as well to get and keep all of your GPA's running and looking good.
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TwoCanoes
Welcome from eastern Washington.  My advice?  Spend your money on the fly rods.  Once people discover you're interested in lanterns and stoves, they'll start giving them to you just to make space in their garage.  I have found that lanterns and stoves that have come to me free are practically always functional with just minor repairs, and sometimes they're even valuable (i.e., desired by collectors).
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Smudge
Welcome from Chicago. In addition the helpful experts knowledge on this forum, you can also click "Old Coleman Parts" on the top of this page for parts or supplies.
"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts,
also happens to the man. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.” - Chief Seattle

ICCC # 1726  -  Bernz0matiC Appreciation Club #057
Perfection Heater Collectors #6
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arizonacamper
Welcome to the addiction!
Welcome from Southern Arizona 
Shawn 
Owner of Copper State Diesel And Automotive. See my facebook page.

Lanterns are like tools. 
You can not have too many unless your wife says so!!

Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!

Coleman blues 243 #147
Coleman 275 appreciation #74
Milspec syndicate #39

Looking for any lanterns or stoves dated 5/63 or 1/72
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Rustytank
Howdy from Tennessee! Since space is at a premium I recommend lanterns that do it all for practical use. The 639c is the modern lantern to get. It's a big bright 500cp single mantle but is classically styled with a bulged globe. The dang things run off every fuel I've poured into mine. They are designed for kerosene so you have to preheat regardless of what fuel you use. Mine has run great so far on pump kerosene from the gas station, canned kerosene from the hardware store, low sulpher diesel, Coleman brand camp fuel, Crown brand camp fuel(really the same as Coleman but cheaper) regular gasoline, ethanol blend gasoline, Flame-Glo Brand charcoal lighter fluid drom the Dollar General, Tiki brand torch fuel, and various mixes of all of those. 
The Coleman website simply calls them the "single mantle kerosene lantern"
275 Appreciation Syndicate #0245
Looking for birthday lanterns 11/58, 3/68, 3/73, 11/96, 6/97, 11/97, 12/00
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DasTailor
Welcome from NYC!  I can very much relate to the tiny space.  I have a few users with my camping gear in storage but have slimmed down my stash to keep it tight.  I still am taking a few out of this lineup but have a good many in my bedroom.  If I stay in this apartment I will build a shelf eventually but for now I have a few displayed on my furniture and a little IKEA display that serves the purpose for now. I stick mostly with smaller items as the big ones really overwhelm a room.  



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Muddlerminnow2
Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!--I've had to re-register because of an email snafu--but Muddlerminnow and Mudderminnow2 are the same me.

Some very good suggestions here--I'll have to research them a bit more.  I find myself partial to 228bs at the moment--and oh, the 227s look awfully nice too.  I need to get my hands on the Coleman guide to help steer me through this--but there's no rush I suppose?
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Tigerfans2
B's and D's are nice.
227's are plentiful and cheap.....🙂
Coleman Slant Saver #58
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #8
Coleman Blues 243's #16
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Tgarner01
Tigerfans2 wrote:
B's and D's are nice.
227's are plentiful and cheap.....🙂

When you decide to throw some out send me the pickup address ðŸ˜‰
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Hot Diggity
Welcome from Coastal North Carolina.  I'm also a big fan of old things that still work, but I won't be any help in economizing space.  I have stuff scattered all over the place.  

You need to share some of our great pictures with your wife.  She might find something that she'd approve of.

Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
Milspec Syndicate #510
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0510
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #12
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #510
Coleman Slant Saver #510
Frank Appreciation Syndicate Member #2
Tinker, Toy maker, Trash picker, Wickie, Lamp loon
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BSAGuy
Hello and welcome from NC, mm.  Great to have you here on the CCF.  I wish you happy collecting and continued domestic tranquility, with an emphasis on the latter, LOL.
- Courtenay
Be Prepared
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Vintageish
Welcome!

How many split bamboo rods can a guy justify? ðŸ˜ (I know where a couple are out of sight on a high shelf.)

Peek around , find what appeals to you most in lanterns.
If you only have one lantern (they seem to like a companion though so at least two is good...) make it be common enough and of more recent era's for parts availability. That allows accumulating spare wear/ break parts to keep it/them running. Of course having spare parts can reduce needing them somehow...
A spare globe. Mantles. Generator maybe...

A simple wood box can protect one during travel and in storage if you have the heart to hide one in the dark when not in use.
I've dragged one particular 200A around for over four decades in such a beat up ice fishing box that just fits it , that it only has one original board left after multiple "repairs". And that board has been mended....
It has protected the lantern though. Takes up very little space , and with forethought a nice wood box can hold something on top when space is an issue.
A vase of flowers or something pretty. (Cough.)

A more complex box as you've likely seen can also hold a small stove. And a can of fuel. Fill funnel. Spare parts.
See how we graduated to multiple gas appliances so quick? L.o.l..

Muddlers see a mixed bag around my area. The bigger river it'll be trout varieties  and smallmouth bass.
Only need one good fly/lure/hook. But who doesn't carry a variety? Or at least a spare duplicate.
The right price for the right duplicate lantern priced below a couple parts....Yeah , grab it for spares. If it runs good after some attention , maybe keep an eye out for another deal.
Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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sbh801
Welcome of Cali,I suggest some shiny nickle and singles  242's and double mantle 427
Shine on!! Steven
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Coldwaterpaddler
Welcome from Colorado. It's a fun process figuring out what you like, until you realize you like more than you can store. I have more lanterns, stoves, lamps, irons and heaters than I ever thought I'd have! Enjoy!
Stovie-Steve
"Don't let the weather run your life" - Steve
The Coleman Blues - #95
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Gasman64
[welcome]from Pennsylvania, mm! The old mechanical watches sound interesting; I like old pocket watches.
Steve
ICCC #1012




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austin65uri
Hey, welcome from Hawaii!  No room?  Coleman made a number of "mini" lanterns and there's also many Coleman single burner stoves available.  
Bill.
ICCC#1601
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1hpycmpr
And another welcome from Colorado!  
Mark
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Muddlerminnow2
Thanks, gang--so many good suggestions here.

As for this question:  "How many split bamboo rods can a guy justify?"--it's the same for how many pairs of shoes the wife can justify--I suppose this also applies for lanterns, and for watches, and for guns.  Though as the saying goes, beware if the guy with only one gun--because he knows how to use it.  LOL.

The difference between rods and watches and lanterns (and stoves) is that the latter involve combustion--so there's a bit more risk.  Though anyone who has fished the Ausable in New York knows the risk of falling is pretty high--as Ray Bergman said, it's a river for guys in their 20s and 30s.  Still, I can;t take the lantern into the 'back yard' or garage to work on.  In a condo, your garage is the bathroom, and your bathroom is the garage.  Some day I'll post pics of the place.

Cheers,
mm
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Ridge Runner
Welcome aboard, MM, from western Massachusetts! Hope you enjoy the ride ðŸ˜Ž

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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Jayhawksr
Welcome from Maryland.  There are a few fly guys here as well.  I have a couple of vintage bamboo and fiberglass rods. 
Richard (KC native and KU Alumni living in Maryland)
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk. Go KU!
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1983.  Coleman Quick-lite Crew #36.
Mil Spec Syndicate #1983
Eagle Scout Class of '83
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Vintageish
Thanks, gang--so many good suggestions here.

As for this question:  "How many split bamboo rods can a guy justify?"--it's the same for how many pairs of shoes the wife can justify--I suppose this also applies for lanterns, and for watches, and for guns.  Though as the saying goes, beware if the guy with only one gun--because he knows how to use it.  LOL.

The difference between rods and watches and lanterns (and stoves) is that the latter involve combustion--so there's a bit more risk.  Though anyone who has fished the Ausable in New York knows the risk of falling is pretty high--as Ray Bergman said, it's a river for guys in their 20s and 30s.  Still, I can;t take the lantern into the 'back yard' or garage to work on.  In a condo, your garage is the bathroom, and your bathroom is the garage.  Some day I'll post pics of the place.

Cheers,
mm


Oh boy!
I can see problems wrenching on old tractors at your place. Though if brought into the bathroom in pieces..... How wide is the entrance door? How many steps? (I'm kidding.)
In such a case , if you're shopping for a lantern(s) , shop for great / seriously solid conditions. And current good runners.
Confirm good fill cap seal before bringing it indoors fueled. 
A lantern could come in handy if you do much night bank fishing. Summers I ran one a lot river fishing.
Springtime one was used to spear suckers in creeks. And then there was smelt dipping too. A gas lantern worked great wading a couple of the great lakes at night. Fish behaving quite different after dark.

If filling your waders is a spring ritual in the river , tearing a hole used to be a ritual in a creek. Having tried both , I'm not sure which is better.
Though now a days both techniques are fond , if not cold ; memories.
A lantern is heat too . That comes in handy on cold hands sometimes... More so when eyesight and worn hands make spiderweb  looking and feeling dimensions out of eightpound test already...
Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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Bob1774
Welcome from Indiana!  If one could only pick one lantern to start with, I would suggest a 200a.  They are plentiful of the common variety, simple and straight forward to disassemble and reassemble, and parts are plentiful.  Well, maybe globes are getting difficult.  After that, you'll figure out how to move forward with a model you like, or luck on to.  The 200a, red single mantle is a classic.

I suggest you visit the website, https://terry-marsh.com/  ,created by a revered member here.  It has a great chronology of Coleman lanterns, and all of the other Gas Powered Appliances (GPA).  Don't feel bad if you cannot collect them all!  But, you'll be amazed and impressed with the ingenuity of how Coleman products changed a developing USA.  If you need more info, purchase his collector's book, found at our host's website.
Most of all, have fun!
Bob
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12057dave
Welcome mm from Ohio. Watch out. You may have to build on to your condo. These guys will have you swimming(enablers)in lanterns😂😂. 

Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957

Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0678

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Muddlerminnow2
Thanks everyone!--The Terry Marsh link is like--oh wow.  This place is like a bar where everyone keeps buying you a drink--lol--. 

As for this:
Tigerfans2 wrote:
B's and D's are nice.
227's are plentiful and cheap.....🙂


Now where can I find "plentiful and cheap" 227s?  LOL--I know, I know--it takes time, I'm good with that.
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